“In this time of dizzying challenges and opportunities for the addiction treatment and prevention communities, Andrea G. Barthwell, MD, knows that little will be accomplished by continuing to tell the various sectors of the field what they want to hear. Bringing order to the issues that cross multiple disciplines might mean ruffling some feathers now and then, for the overall good of the industry and the individuals it serves.
Witness these statements from Barthwell in a recent interview with Addiction Professional, serving as a preview of some of the content in the longtime field leader’s Aug. 24 morning plenary session at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) in St. Louis:
- On the stubborn divide between advocates of drug-free and medication-assisted approaches to treatment: “We can’t have an expectation that medication-assisted treatment will bring in comprehensive care if in turn in our practices we deny medication for someone who needs it.”
- On the opportunities associated with expanded insurance payment for services as a result of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) implementation: “Our survival as an industry depends on delivering recovery outcomes to payers—we can’t be revolving doors.”
For more on Dr. Barthwell’s take on the opioid crisis go to: http://www.addictionpro.com/article/barthwell-its-time-unite-divided-addiction-industry
Source: AddictionalProfessional.com – July 23, 2014